What's New April 2012

(updated 8th May 2012)

Encyclopaedia of Endings I (Pawn) - $56.95

Product Description

ECE I - Pawn Endings, 2nd edition

Hardcover, 455 pages, Edition March 2012.

1901 examples

 Magic pawn endings

At the beginning of the 1980s, the Chess Informant publishing house started one of the greatest publishing ventures in chess history. In 1982 the first volume of Encyclopedia of Chess endgames was published (Pawn endgames). Another 4 volumes swiftly follows, in total containing over 9.000 endgame examples! This is the most comprehensive reference work on the endgame and, of course, its no coincidence that EVERY new book on the endgame refers to it. The names of the contributors speak about the quality of this edition: including WCCs Botvinnik, Karpov and Kasparov

The first edition of Pawn endgames was sold out relatively quickly (10.000 copies!) and since then readers have not been able to get this important edition. Chess Informant publishing house has decided to cheer up its readers:  The second revised edition of PAWN ENDGAMES is finally published!

The contributors of the first edition were: (editorial board) GM Aleksandar Matanovic and a large number of eminent contributors: multiple WCC and expert in the endgame Botvinnik Mikail, expert in the endgame Averbakh Yuri, Huebner Robert, Hort Vlastimil, Miles Anthony, Minev Nikola, Parma Bruno, Uhlmann Wolfgang and Unzicker Wolfgang. These names alone are sufficient to assess the true value of this book.

The second edition is not only reprinted but has been considerably revised: about 300 examples have been added from modern practice. Also, some examples that contained errors or omissions have been corrected.

Because of its simplicity and systematic approach the book is useful for advanced players and for those who want to become familiar with the basics of endgames. Its especially interesting for coaches.

The examples are given in Chess Informants system and can be easily found. All the examples are annotated according to Chess Informants system.

In the future we expect the second edition of Rook endgames to be published, so that readers will be able to get all 5 volumes of this famous work.

(updated 8th May 2012)

Just arrived from Gambit, a number of new titles plus some "super specials" and excellent value on other known titles.

Stocks are limited, please hurry to avoid disappointment.

The Doeberl Cup - Fifty years of Australian chess history by Bill Egan - $39.95

"A wonderful book covering each of the annual Doeberl Cups since 1963, dozens of profiles and games, a great contribution to Australian chess by Bill Egan" - Peter Parr (22 times chief arbiter of the annual Doeberl Cup)

336 large pages, with CD-ROM and a database of over 6000 cup games.

New In Chess Magazine 2012/2 - $18.95
The World's Premier Chess Magazine
by The NIC Editorial team

The Strategic Nimzo-Indian - $59.95
Vol. 1: A Complete Guide to the Rubinstein Variation

by Ivan Sokolov

The Nimzo-Indian Defence continues to be one of the most important chess openings, both at club level and with top players. In recent years it has undergone a number of significant changes and its high time for a thorough look at the current state of affairs.

Top grandmaster Ivan Sokolov is the perfect authority to do so.

The Strategic Nimzo-Indian: A Complete Guide to the Rubinstein Variation is the first of a two-part series. In this ground-breaking and clearly structured first volume, Sokolov investigates all lines after the move 4.e3. Volume 2 will be about 4.a3, the Smisch Variation. 

Inspired by great masters like Mikhail Botvinnik, Ivan Sokolov has played the Rubinstein Variation all his life, and he has even beaten World Champion Garry Kasparov with it.

Although play can become very sharp, the Nimzo-Indian requires a profound positional understanding. Ivan Sokolov does not simply give variations, but provides clear explanations of the structures and plans in the various branches, and presents new ideas and resources for both Black and White.

Each chapter ends with a summary containing key strategic and tactical advice.

Ivan Sokolov is a top grandmaster who was born in Bosnia in 1968. He was Yugoslav champion in 1988 and Dutch champion in 1995 and 1998. He rose to the number 12 spot in the FIDE world rankings. In his rich career Sokolov has beaten world chess champions like Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand.

Yearbook 102 - $53.95
The Chess Player's Guide to Opening News

by The NIC Editorial team

Publisher: New In Chess, 2012
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-90-5691-362-5
Pages: 248
Language: English

Readers from all over the world join in discussions on previous Surveys. Titled players, correspondence players and club players shed their light on opening developments and search for the truth together. With contributions by Viktor Moskalenko, Pavel Skatchkov, Jose Vilela, and many others.

Benjamins Opening Takes
Joel Benjamin writes about what is looking to become a hype: the advance of wing men, i.e. the g- and h-pawn, at a fairly early stage in the opening two squares of course! Not only Aronian, the winner of our Yearbook Novelty of the Year 2011 Award, has ventured this in the Queens Gambit Declined, its also possible in many other QG lines, and the Caro-Kann!

Book Reviews
In his Review Section, Glenn Flear signals a trend towards 1.d4 openings. He follows John Emms book on "the Nimzo-Indian move by move" and gets captivated by Vladimir Barskys The Ragozin Complex, the authors best book yet. Very detailed theoretical stuff is featured in Aagaards and Ntirlis The Tarrasch Defence. The Alterman Gambit Guide: Black Gambits 1 would appear to be on a lighter note, but Flear thinks its high-quality and a good way to spice up your repertoire.

Sicilian Defence - Prins Variation 5.f3 - SI 3.7 - S. Kasparov
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6...Nbd7 - SI 4.1 - Tuncer/Burg
Sicilian Defence - Delayed Poisoned Pawn Variation - SI 4.8 - Olthof
Sicilian Defence - Dragon Variation 6.Be2 - SI 16.2 - Fogarasi
Sicilian Defence - Velimirovic Attack 11.g4 - SI 26.7 - Van der Tak
Sicilian Defence - Sveshnikov Variation 9.Nd5 - SI 37.8 - Huerga Leache
Sicilian Defence - Paulsen Variation 5.c4 - SI 41.15 - Ninov
Sicilian Defence - Paulsen Variation 5.Bd3 - SI 42.9 - Bosch
Kings Fianchetto - Gurgenidze System 3...c6 - KF 11.3 - Naroditsky
Ruy Lopez - Arkhargelsk Variation 6...Bb7 - RL 12.10 - Van de Oudeweetering
Ruy Lopez - Marshall Attack 8...d5 - RL 17.4-6 - Lukacs/Hazai
Scotch Opening - Mieses Variation 4...Nf6 - SO 4 - Van der Wiel
Vienna Game - Fianchetto Variation 2...Nf6 3.g3 - VG 1.10 - Finkel
Queens Gambit Declined - Exchange Variation 3...Be7 - QO 11.3 - A. Kuzmin
Queens Gambit Declined - Arbakov Attack 6.Bc4 - QO 16.9 - Sulskis/Sakalauskas
Slav Defence - Anti-Botvinnik 6.a4 - SL 7.1 - Ikonnikov
Slav Defence - 3.Nc3 dc4 - SL 11.5 - Flear
Tarrasch Defence - Rubinstein Variation 9.Bg5 c4 - TD 4.14 - Halkias
Queens Indian Defence - Nimzowitsch Variation 5.b3 b5 - QI 15.4 - Adorjan/Vegh
Grnfeld Indian Defence - 4.Bf4 Line - GI 3.11 - Panczyk/Ilczuk
Grnfeld Indian Defence - Exchange Variation 7.Be3 - GI 4.1 - Anka
King's Indian Defence - Four Pawns Attack 6...Na6 - KI 55.10 - Palliser
Benoni Defence - The Snake 5...Bd6 - BI 4.4 - Vegh
Queens Pawn - Anti-Chigorin 2.Nf3 Nc6 - QP 9.9 - Raetsky
Dutch Defence - Stonewall Variation 7.Qc2 - HD 3.7/11 - Moskalenko
Dutch Defence - Leningrad Variation 7...c6 - HD 6.3 - Lemos Sarro
Rti Opening - 2...d4 - RE 17.3 - Karolyi

Chess for the Gifted & Busy - $39.95
A Short but Comprehensive Course - from Beginner to Expert

by Lev Alburt, Al Lawrence

Publisher: CIRC, 2012
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-1-889323-24-4
Pages : 304
Language: English

Chess for the Gifted and Busy provides you the fastest way to learn to play chess. Its innovative and succinct approach is tailored to those who want to learn quickly, without missing out on important ideas.

Want to learn chess yourself or teach it to your child, but are busy with lots of other activities? This right-to-the-point book by one of the game's foremost teacher-writer teams uses a breakthrough approach to make the most of your time.

Best of all, you select your goal from one of three possible levels. Want to go from absolute beginner to neighbourhood champ? Complete level I in only one afternoon, play some practice games - and you'll quickly be saying ''checkmate''!

 When you're ready to become a tough tournament-level competitor, Level II cuts through the mysteries of strategy and tactics to show you precisely what you need to know.

And, if you decide that you won't settle for anything less than being an Expert, near the top levels of tournament chess, Level III puts you on the path to being a tournament champion!

Chess for the Gifted and Busy also provides the most time-efficient review of important techniques for chess veterans, even master-level players.

Chess for the Gifted and Busy is a condensed but comprehensive summary of the entire Comprehensive Chess Course series.

 Three-time U.S. and European Champion Grandmaster Lev Alburt is one of the world's most sought-after teachers. Fellow New Yorker Al Lawrence is an award-winning educator and writer, a recipient of the Chess Journalist of the Year Award.

Table of Contents

Important Note to Readers ...4 

Level I ...10 
Lesson One: Rules of Play ...11 
Lesson Two: How to Win Chess Games ..29

Level II ...50 
Lesson Three: When a King Is Home Alone ...51
Lesson Four: The Chessmen at Work ...63
Lesson Five: Tools of the Trade ...77 
Lesson Six: Bishop Sacrifices ...91
Lesson Seven: Attacking the King ...99
Lesson Eight: Strategy  - Minor Pieces ...111 
Lesson Nine: Strategy - Major Pieces ...125 
Lesson Ten: Strategy - Significance of the Center ...139
Lesson Eleven: Strategy - Weak & Strong Squares ...151 
Lesson Twelve: Strategy - Pawn Weaknesses ...157 
Lesson Thirteen: Introduction to the Endgame ...165 
Lesson Fourteen: Pawns Against Pieces ...189
Lesson Fifteen: Rook Endings ...201 
Lesson Sixteen: Knight Endgames  ...215 
Lesson Seventeen: Bishop Endgames ...223
Lesson Eighteen: Endgames - The Rest ...235 
Lesson Nineteen: - Openings Reviewed ...243 

Level III ...260
Lesson Twenty: The Bishop Pair ...261
Lesson Twenty-One: The Struggle Between Differently Composed Forces ...269 
Lesson Twenty-Two: Compensation for Sacrificed Material ...279 
Lesson Twenty-Three: The Isolani ...287 
Lesson Twenty-Four: Choose Your (Opening) Weapons! ...293 
Afterword: Moving On to Expert and Master ...299 
Glossary ...302 

The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein, Vol. 2 - $59.95

The Later Years
by John Donaldson, Nikolay Minev

Publisher: Russell Enterprises, 2011
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-1-936490-39-4
Pages: 440
Language: English

Akiva Rubinstein occupies a unique position in chess history. One of the greatest artists ever to sit down at a chessboard, Rubinstein was also the strongest player never to get an opportunity to play for the title of World Champion.

This greatly enlarged second edition chronicles the second half (1921-1961) of the Polish grandmasters life. Dozens of archival photographs, photographs and approximately 40% more material finish off this splendid work, completing the journey begun in volume 1.
International Master John Donaldson is one of America's most popular chess authors. His most recent release is the second edition of "A Legend on the Road", about Bobby Fischer's 1964 transatlantic exhibition tour.

International Master and three-time champion of Bulgaria Nikolay Minev is well-known for his books and articles, although his most recent work,"A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames", has been well received by chessplayers worldwide.



Chess Informant 113 - Clockwork edition

Book only - $54.95

CD only - $52.95

Book & CD - $69.95

The Sicilian Scheveningen: Move by Move - $41.95

Slay the Sicilian! - $39.95

The Triangle System: Noteboom, Marshall Gambit and other Semi-Slav Triangle lines - $45.95

The Caro-Kann: Move by Move - $45.95

The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames - $37.95

The Sniper: Play 1...g6, ...Bg7 and ...c5! - $34.95

  • Published: February 2011 EU, February 2011 US
  • ISBN: 9781857446432
  • Format: Paperback
  • 176 page
  • by Charlie Storey

  • Attacking Chess: The French: A dynamic repertoire for Black - $39.95